Unsolicited opinions on medication.

Why is that when you’re on anti-depressants and you’re talking to someone about it, it’s so common for people to say,
‘I’m not a fan, but if you need them then take them.’

Why do they feel it necessary and important to let you know they’re not a fan? Would they do that for any other medication?

‘Oh you’re on a heart meds? I’m not a fan, but if you need to take them, take them.’

Imagine if someone said that?

Wouldn’t that be a stupid thing to say? ‘I’m not a fan’ not a fan? Of what? heart meds? that keep someone alive?

Yet no one blinks an eye when people say this about anti-depressants, in fact it seems to me it’s encouraged.

One thought on “Unsolicited opinions on medication.

  1. Combining Empathy June 14, 2021 / 11:40 am

    I’d say it’s either from priviledge or pain. Either the person can somehow manage with other avenues of support in their life, or had mild situational depression that they found they were able to overcome without the meds, or just with therapy, that they see it as an easy option or something.

    Or (in my case) it could be trauma or bad experiences. Like I don’t make a secret of how I tried a lot of different antidepressants over the years, all of which gave me bad side effects that made it harder to get by in daily life. So whilst I wouldn’t think “I’m not a fan” would explain that, if I thought the person I’m explaining it to wouldn’t get any benefit from hearing my experience, I may refer to the fact I stopped taking them, and don’t feel good about the risk of having to go back on them for myself.

    We’re all so different and meds are so different that we can’t really generalise our experience.

    But also the more I think about the phrasing, the more I’m thinking that’s just an unthoughtful/unhelpful comment to say to anyone lol.


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